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Outpost Jim and Deaconllb, glad you’re seeing doves and getting some clay bird time in is a darn good idea.

I like McBammers thought of making winrows with a hay rake. That’s doable. Don’t understand the theory with burning. Wouldn’t that burn all the seed as well? I’m a rookie with this dove plot stuff.

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Outpost Jim and Deaconllb, glad youíre seeing doves and getting some clay bird time in is a darn good idea.

I like McBammers thought of making winrows with a hay rake. Thatís doable. Donít understand the theory with burning. Wouldnít that burn all the seed as well? Iím a rookie with this dove plot stuff.
Actually burning the litter off the field is the best way , doesnt hurt the seed , but here you have to get permits to burn and I always had a fear of the fire getting out of control . Oh yea , Doves migrate from north to south in the fall so youll get the first crack at em .

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Seeing a lot of doves now but they always seem to get an e-mail on August 31st and go somewhere else. I have an Ithaca 37 in 16ga. and one in 20ga. with plenty of reloads to make up for my lack of shotgun shooting skill. Love em bacon wrapped, marinated in Ranch dressing and grilled.
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Thanks Mcbammer for answering the question on burning. It’s been dry and hot around here and there’s a tree line close by.

Guzzi, like those model 37’s. The last one I held was walking guard in the Corp. Starting to become a 20 guage fan.

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Thanks Mcbammer for answering the question on burning. Itís been dry and hot around here and thereís a tree line close by.

Guzzi, like those model 37ís. The last one I held was walking guard in the Corp. Starting to become a 20 guage fan.
One of the best dove hunts I was ever on was over a livestock watering pond when it turned hot & dry .
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not too many decent places to go here close anymore.
too many expensive subdivisions in all the old places.

jmo- it'd be a good idea to check with the local warden
concerning any food plots so there won't be any misunderstanding
about "baiting" and such come time to hunt. some of them have their
own ideas about what constitutes baiting and what isn't, and it's not
always what the book says

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jmo- it'd be a good idea to check with the local warden concerning any food plots so there won't be any misunderstanding about "baiting" and such come time to hunt. some of them have their
own ideas about what constitutes baiting and what isn't, and it's not always what the book says
Ranger. That’s wisdom if I ever heard it. Be a great idea to get it blessed off by the right people. Our rules are based on “agriculturally practices” and that leaves a lot for interpretation. Though our wildlife guys are hard to get up with as there’s so few, I’ll try to talk with them and report back.

Don’t have a rake but one of my neighbors volunteered to come rake it for us.

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not too many decent places to go here close anymore.
too many expensive subdivisions in all the old places.

jmo- it'd be a good idea to check with the local warden
concerning any food plots so there won't be any misunderstanding
about "baiting" and such come time to hunt. some of them have their
own ideas about what constitutes baiting and what isn't, and it's not
always what the book says
Yeah thats especially true with the Federal wardens , we had 5 pay us a visit right in the middle of a shoot once back in the early 70s. wrote everybody up for hunting over bait .
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. . . . that leaves a lot for interpretation.
yep, that's why i say that. one guy might say everything is strac, then another guy
45 minutes later might get all red faced and get out the ticket book.
if i remember right, the state book here says that leavings from a regular agricultural
harvest is ok, but hunting in an unharvested field specifically planted for luring migratory
bird is not. or some hooey like that.
best off to ask the local guy since he'll be the one writing the ticket and taking your shotgun
if he thinks you're in the wrong.

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Concerning our food plot, I called the VA fish and game folks in my area. Spoke with a nice lady who seemed genuinely pleased we were seeking advice to stay on the right path. She was going to have one of our Warden’s call me.

Yet to receive a call but the more I study and speak with people, the more doubts I have. So my neighbor and I made a command decision. Our dove plot is now a dove sanctuary. No hunting. Not worth the possible trouble.

We did grow a fine crop of millet, learned stuff and this won’t be the 1st time I planted for the critters and didn’t hunt it. In the mean time, the local turkeys are enjoying it.

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